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Geographic information systems (GIS) are used by a growing number of businesses, industries, and government organizations to help them make more informed decisions. Our certificate will help you to gain enhanced computer literacy in the management and analysis of digital spatial data, and to use that data effectively in decision-making – the skills needed to become a successful GIS professional.

Learn principles and concepts of digital geography and fundamental GIS skills. In the certificate program, you will focus on specific specialties and workplace applications, GIS tools, and implementation issues.

Industry and Careers
GIS are used in government, industry, utilities, planning, municipal services, health, and retailing.

This certificate can lead to a career in various roles. Here are some examples:

  • Crime analyst
  • Decision support analyst/specialist
  • GIS analyst/specialist/technician
  • Location analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Spatial database technician

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Recent university graduates who are interested in starting a career in the GIS industry
  • Professionals in other fields who are interested in pivoting to a career as a GIS professional

What Will You Learn?
After completing this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Understand geographic databases, visualization, digital geography, system components
  • Identify GIS applications in business, municipalities, utilities, environmental management, and community and social services
  • Understand and address legal and ethical issues, innovations in GIS, GIS programming, map algebra, digital image processing, and web mapping

Certificate Requirements

  • 2 required courses
  • 4 electives*
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*Electives are divided into 3 groups, allowing you to focus on an area of interest and then dive into more specialized skills. Select 1 or 2 electives from Group A and 2 or 3 electives from Group B; alternatively, as the final course for certificate completion, you may choose to take 1 elective from Group C.


Admission Criteria


An undergraduate degree or college diploma in an acceptable related field.

Admission Application
You must complete a pre-approval application and receive an approval code before registering in your certificate (it’s best to have your registration in place before enrolling in your first course). Complete our Application for Program Pre-Approval: Applied Digital Geography and GIS Certificate Program (PDF) and submit your required documentation.

Advanced Credit
All applicants to the program are eligible to apply for advanced standing, with credit being granted for course work undertaken or for professional practice, provided that the course work or professional practice meets or exceeds the academic goals and content of the program courses for which credit is being sought. Advanced credit applications will be evaluated by the academic coordinator and the program director and are subject to normal Toronto Metropolitan University admission policies and procedures. Students may be required to take a challenge examination in order to ascertain eligibility for advanced standing. Students will be eligible for a maximum of three course credits toward the certificate. Questions about this process? Contact Raymond Garrison, Academic Coordinator, at rgarrison@torontomu.ca.

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Additional Details


These courses are designed to provide you with some understanding of the more complex core skills and issues facing business, municipal, environmental, utilities or community and social services professionals when they employ digital geography in their decision-making.
This category only applies if you select a total of 3 electives from Groups A and B (combined), and wish to take 1 of the following electives as your final course for certificate completion.